Milton Keynes College are dedicated to providing learners with not just the very best qualifications, but also the very best practical experiences in preparation for gaining employment upon release.
With this in mind the College have set up a number of 'Employment Academies', where offenders can learn directly from staff at the leading companies from a range of relevant sectors.
The Greggs Employment Academy enables learners to obtain qualifications covering health and safety, food hygiene, manual handling and first aid, as well a full induction to working with Greggs. Upon successful completion of the course Greggs provide comprehensive training and work experience at one of their stores. All successful Employment Academy learners are guaranteed an interview upon release with Greggs and one student – Amanda Woods – has already secured employment with Greggs upon release.
Amanda Woods joined the Employment Academy at Drake Hall on the 14th July 2014. After successfully completing the course, and 3 weeks of work experience with Greggs, Amanda was offered a job, which she started on the 4th October 2014.
Amanda said: 'I cannot praise Greggs enough for the opportunity given to me both through the Academy and the work placement. To be able to leave prison with the skills and confidence needed to find employment is amazing. I have been lucky enough to be offered employment with Greggs that will be transferred to my home town on release, and I cannot be happier about that. The skills acquired in the academy could be transferred to any industry, manual handling, food safety, customer service, first aid, health and safety, person centred skills and team building. The Greggs ethos is very warm and welcoming. Team work and customer service is at the heart of their business success and as part of 'the Greggs Family' it isn't hard to embrace and become part of that too. The Academy in partnership with Milton Keynes College was the stepping stone to my successful employment opportunity…thank you.”